CB files supplementary charge sheet

The eight-year-old girl from Kathua, who was gang-raped and killed, was overdosed with a cocktail of sedatives through her captivity,”rendering her incapacitated” to resist sexual assault and murder, states the supplementary charge sheet filed by Jammu and Kashmir’s Crime Branch today.
The charge sheet filed in the Pathankot sessions court sums up the investigation of the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Crime Branch team and also gives details of the analyses of calls and bank accounts that led it to the eight accused of the brutal crime in January this year.
The supplementary charge sheet was submitted by a Crime Branch team — led by Senior Superintendent of Police R K Jalla and special public prosecutors J K Chopra and Santokh Singh Basra, Bhopinder Singh and Harminder Singh — before Pathankot District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh.
“We have submitted the supplementary charge sheet, giving details of call analyses, bank details and medical reports,” special public prosecutor Chopra said.
The charge sheet lists in chilling detail the sedatives, including cannabis, forcefully given to the child from a minority nomadic community, who was abducted on January 10 and allegedly kept in captivity for three days. She was killed on January 14 and her body was found in a forested area near Kathua on January 17, officials said.
During the course of the investigation, “it has been established that the victim was administered sedatives by accused during her captivity”, the charge sheet states.
She was given ‘mannar’ (believed to be local cannabis) as well as Epitril 0.5 mg on an empty stomach, it says.
“She was forcefully administered five tablets of Clonazepam of 0.5 mg each on January 11, 2018 which is higher than the safe therapeutic dose. Subsequently more tablets were given…The signs and symptoms of an overdose may include drowsiness, confusion, impaired coordination, slow reflexes, slowed or stopped breathing, coma (loss of consciousness) and death,” according to the medical expert’s report submitted along with the charge sheet. (PTI)